Monday, November 11, 2013

TMI and Shaving

Elise is 11.  We are entering the lovely world of adolescence.  Which includes attitude fluxes, emotional breakdowns, and body changes.

Lately, her sensory issues are taking a forefront.  Interestingly, one of her more debilitating issues has become her leg hair.  Like laying in the floor weeping over "HURT! LEGS!!"  It took me a little while to figure out that her leg hair is getting coarser, and is bothering her with her legging jeans.  Ladies, you totally know what I am talking about, right?

So, think about a gal who gags at the sight of lotion, retches with it's application, hates baths and hair-washing, and jerks around and screams over her hair being brushed.  Then add a razor.  It's enough to cause an eye twitch just thinking about....

First off, unless things get desperate, Nair is remarkably like lotion in texture.  And so it's at the end of my list, even though there is no razor involved.  Also, Elise's skin is hyper sensitive and dry, and I am really quite concerned how it would react to the chemicals in Nair.

Which leaves razors, electric shavers, and getting it zapped off.  I plan on trying a few of these, and I will let you know how each compares in her response and effectiveness.  On my short list is the Schick Intuition, an electric razor, and the NO NO.  I know someone who is planning to purchase the NO NO, so I plan to beg and plead for a trial run.

I put this concern up in a few forums for advice, and I got steered to several options, one of which I was leaning toward anyway.

So, I've been looking low grade for the Schick Intuition on sale...and was planning on looking for a coupon, when I found it on crazy sale at Kroger for $5.99 this week.  They are usually around $10.  So I snapped it up.

There are a few reasons I was tending toward this razor. 
1)  They have a big soapy thing around the razor head that goops up your legs a little, so you don't need a separate soap or shaving cream.
2)  Because of the big soapy thing, the razor head isn't quite as close a shave, so would reduce the nicking factor.
3)  The razor head itself has little wires wrapping the blades to prevent nicks.  And even if you slide it sideways, it keeps your flesh from getting caught in the blades.

4)  It has 4 blades! Even though it has all these anti-nick factors, it does have 4 blades, so you get bonus blade passes in one pass of the razor.
5)  Also, the big soapy thing has moisturizors in it, so lotion after would be less necessary.

Friday was such a day from hell thanks to Elise's reapplication for the Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver, so I figured, why not just round it out...

So I ran a bath, and endured Elise's usual protestations.  And did the warning counting to get her in.  And let her play with her birthday party plastic dolphins, whales, and sharks for a while.

And tried not to think about the Jaws theme song, which of course once I thought about, couldn't stop.

And then I talked up how she was getting so big, and talked about her leg hairs hurting her, and told her we were going to get them off so her jeans didn't hurt.

Then I played show-and-tell about the razor and told her what I was going to do with it.

Then I had her sit sideways in the tub and put her foot up on the tub wall.  Prayed.  And made one pass with the razor.

And, praise GOD!!  She didn't completely wig out.

She got kinda squirrely, and had to touch her leg after, and swish it in the tub.  And we took probably 50 strokes of the razor per leg, when it could have taken 15.  And it was a little of each leg at a time....and back and forth....BUT, we finally got them done.  It took me way longer to talk her into letting me take a swipe at her armpits.  But I finally got one on each.  This apparently tickled and she giggled and it took me even longer to talk her into the other side...but it finally happened.

At this point I had a crick in my neck and back that was going to black me out, I'm not sure from the stress of the situation or awkwardness of shaving someone else or the length of time involved...and I was more thrilled to be done than even Elise.  She even volunteered to take a swipe at the very end.  I figured we shouldn't mess with success for a little bit.  And I told her she could have a turn another time.

So I am pleased to report, in the face of a sensorily spazzy day, she was able to handle it.  It will take a significant amount of patience and require more time than usually expected, but we have a working option.  I don't plan to do it again, until her leg hairs bother her again...I anticipate about once a week or so.

I have to admit this was a gigantic worry, and having this much success the first time, was a huge answer to prayer...and yes, I was totally praying over shaving my daughter's legs.

When I signed up to be a parent, I didn't anticipate this being in the job description...but it isn't as bad as I feared...I hope that some of my other stresses that are already causing panic prove to be as resasonably fixable...


  1. I feel relieved for you!

  2. Wow, that's GREAT! Leah wrote a post about shaving and what kind of razor to get for Angela - I think it may have been back in May or June, if I remember correctly. Or it could have been May or June a year ago...time's flying... Good subject to tackle, and I'm so glad it went well!

  3. Oh goodness! I have been so hoping that you would write abotu this. Glad it went okay. Been anxious for you.

  4. Whew!! Glad it worked better than expected. I think you should treat yourself to laser hair removal if you haven't already done so. Go to the most expensive, longest-lasting place you can find. Then there will only be one woman in the house whose hair removal needs you will think about. I am seriously dreading this, being an Italian and having two daughters!!

  5. Glad it wasn't too traumatizing! It seems unfair that kids with special needs still have to go through all the gross parts of adolescence, even if they are not emotionally or cognitively ready or have sensory issues that make it worse than usual. They should somehow be able to skip over all the unpleasantness!